It took all of about 90 minutes on draft night in June for Sixers big man Joel Embiid to light the fire under a budding rivalry with Suns rookie Deandre Ayton.
Ayton may have stoked the flames a bit this weekend in New York at the NBA’s rookie photoshoots.
While signing some rookie cards for Panini America (apparently not a delicious grilled sandwich company), Ayton went off script and drew his own.
Artistic criticism aside, the drawing depicted Ayton dunking over a player who appears to be wearing a Philadelphia No. 21 jersey.
So yeah, that’s Embiid.
Embiid took notice on Sunday, tweeting that he loves “when KIDS dream BIG.”
Thankfully we don’t have to wait long to get our first look at the battle between these two big men. The Suns travel to Philadelphia on Nov. 19.
Before Embiid’s response, Ayton seemed to be enjoying himself in the Big Apple.
He nailed a “granny shot” 3-pointer, led the rookies in some sing-alongs and invited everyone at the photoshoot to his future wedding.
Save the dates to come.